MP Mike Hancock urges government to publish bill’s risk report

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock is calling on the government to release the transition risk register for the Health Bill.

The bill is currently going through its final stages in Parliament, and Mr Hancock believes it is important the register – which outlines potential problems in the future if the changes are brought in – is released before the bill completes its passage.

The Information Commissioner ruled last November that the public interest in publishing the register was greater than keeping it secret.

But the government has said it will appeal the Information Commissioner’s judgement.

Many MPs have signed an Early Day Motion calling for it to be published, alongside leaders of Britain’s doctors, GPs, nurses and midwives.

Mr Hancock said: ‘The Health Secretary should have the guts to publish the risk register today as it is more important that Parliament corrects any mistakes in the bill that the register shows up than it is kept secret.

‘My guess is that ultimately the government will have to publish it anyway.

‘So it would be far better to publish it before the bill completes its passage through parliament so that parliamentarians can see whether it needs changing in light of what the risk register says.’